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Damned good cover of one of my favorite songs.
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Dear U2 -

As a long-time fan, it is my duty to tell you that the first single off No Line on the Horizen isn't living up to my expectations.

Get Your Boots On, while high-powered and non-stop, is just not entirely up to snuff. Like Vertigo, which you released first for How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, it certainly serves to catch one's attention.

I will deal with the nonsensical lyrics. They're not nearly as good as your earlier stuff, though I'll cope.

But whoever said this was a return to Achtung Baby needs to have their hearing checked. We've still got a few weeks before NLotH hits stores, and who knows, maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised. HtDaAB certainly had some very nice pieces. Original of the Species springs to mind.

That said, my initial response, if you haven't figured out by now, is decidedly Meh.

I love you guys, I really do. Please, surprise me?

-[livejournal.com profile] swordmage
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Best version of a great song.
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Seems Potter won't be this holiday season, but instead next summer.

Oddly enough, I'm kind of *shrug* about it all. Instead, I'm telling myself I need to pick up Randy's new album (!). And that U2's got new coming out in November. (Rumored to be Achtung Baby like in terms of quality, etc.)

This means touring (hopefully) soon... *squeal*
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Saw Get Smart last night, which was lots of fun. Despite my dislike of Anne Hathaway, I thoroughly enjoyed her. Steve Carrell was, as can be expected, quite good.

Also picked up High Fidelity and Sabrina at Barnes and Noble. Audrey Hepburn! Humphrey Bogart! *squeee*

Downloaded the new Coldplay and Death Cab for Cutie albums as well last night. I'm enjoying them both.

Tomorrow, it's back to work. Also need to do some wedding stuff this week. (Eek! It's creeping up!)
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I currently have a minor infatuation with the song Dragostea Din Tei by O-Zone.

Otherwise known as "Numa Numa."

Yay! for Moldovian dance tracks...

30 STM

Feb. 26th, 2007 09:07 am
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Weekend status?

Good. A bit deaf, but good.

Why deaf? Because [livejournal.com profile] domnall and I went to the Rockstar Taste of Chaos. Three hours on the floor occasionally skirting or in the Mosh Pit and bruising everyone's ribs as the crowd of young teens got way too riled up for their own good and started causing mayhem...

The things put up with for a half-hour/forty-five minute set by 30 Seconds to Mars.

Damn it, I should have brought my camera.

Yes, they were worth it. Well worth it. The sound in the arena sucked beyond anything, but damn it, they were still audible.

Then we waitred in line for signatures and listened to the wailing of The Used. Who I think were better heard from a distance.

Tonight - prep for mid-terms, clean, and watch The Oscars. Yes, I know the results, but damn it, it'll be good background.


Sep. 7th, 2006 07:41 am
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Now, I like Bob Dylan.

I really like Bob Dylan.

The guy's been at it for somewhere around 40 years, I believe, and he's adapted quite well to the times. Protest songs worked well when he started, but they're not so much in vogue now, so he's changed. But not enough that you can't tell who he is. He's tried various genres, with various amounts of success, but I rather like his newest albumn, Modern Times

I liked Love and Theft lots. And this is a very good follow-up.

Somehow, I think if he were to start today, he wouldn't have as easy a time. He excels at blues/folk/etc songs. While that's not to say that he wouldn't gain a following, I don't think it would be the same.

The man writes exceedingly good stuff - if you've never heard him, talk to me and we'll get you some stuff. If you say there's absolutely nothing of Dylan's you like, something's wrong...

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Available for a week, because of how yousendit works.

If you want anything else by the people/groups/off the albums, drop me a line. There's no Dylan, Eels, or U2 as they well... I can't pick one or two... *sheepish grin*

Yes, you'll probably notice a trend towards songs that could be considered of the romantic style. Not. Love. Songs. Just ones about the subject. Trust me, it's by no means indicitive of my collection, it's just what I'm kind of on a current kick with. Also included is a sentence or two, mostly meaningless, as to why I like the song. Really though, I sugest giving everything a try. You can always delete if you hate.

The Fray
I'll admit I turn on VH1 in the mornings sometimes, and their song Over My Head (Cable Car) is on with some frequency. So I got the CD off Demonoid, and it's actually quite good. British group with lyrics that aren't as insipid as a lot of "pop" stuff out there, but are still pretty simple. Did I mention their stuff gets stuck in your head? Yes, they're pop-y, and upbeat, and probably won't put out anything beyond a second CD (if that), but as far as nice background music, they're useful.

Over My Head (Cable Car) - The Fray
Nice, simple song.
All At Once - The Fray
I think I'm partial to this because I like the line
And all at once the crowd begins to sing
Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same
. (Oh yes, how cliche. *grins*)

The Decemberists
Okay, these guys are kind of fun. Hit or miss indie-rock for the masses.

We Both Go Down Together - The Decemberists
I'm really not sure what to say about this. Boy meets girl of significantly lower social class than him and falls in love? Just give it a shot.

Death Cab for Cutie
Seattle-based indie/emo for the masses. These guys were probably introduced to the majority of their current concert goers via The O.C. Don't let that turn you off to them though, as they're good. Lyrics are always a major plus with me, and these guys are a a very good example.

Soul Meets Body - Death Cab for Cutie
This is off Plans, their latest album. It gives, I think, a pretty good idea of their stuff.

Run Lola Run Soundtrack
I love Run Lola Run. Probably one of my all-time favorite movies. The soundtrack for it is also quite good. Despite being a German movie, most of it's in English. I"m not saying anything more besides download and listen.

Somebody Has to Pay - Susie Van Der Meer
Wish (Komm Zu Mir) - Franka Potente & Thomas D

Appleseed Soundtrack
Nabbed off my little sister when I in RI over Christmas. I hadn't seen the movie (which I now have, and it's pretty good), and the soundtrack's what I'd call mediocre. Not great. Not horrible. Just "meh." But there're a few tracks that I like.

Good Luck (Feat. Lisa Kekaula) - Basement Jaxx
I'm not really sure why I like this so much. Someone want to try and explain.

The Last Waltz
*fangirls* The Band's final concert, held at Winterland in San Francisco on Thanksgiving 1976. Martin Scorsese did a documentary on the concert, which I highly recommend. The concert was not only The Band, but they got a large and varied group of other musicians to perform. This group included Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Dr. John, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield, Emmylou Harris, and many others. If you want a copy of the CDs, I'll get them to you. They're worth it.

Coyote - The Band With Joni Mitchell
My favorite. I love her voice, I love the song. That is all.
Stagefright - The Band
A song about just that - rural boy goes to the Big City to become a musician.
Baby, Let Me Follow You Down - The Band with Bob Dylan
So completely Dylan, and such a good song. There's a great energy in this song, which I think was near the end, and it shows in the entire concert.

Bob Dylan
I lied. If you're going to have one Dylan song, make it Like A Rolling Stone. And if you're going to have one copy of it, have this one. From the Royal Albert Hall 1966 concert. The Band backed him up, and it's just plain great.

Like A Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
See above. *points*

Death In Vegas
English duo who get other musicians to do their vocals. Some songs seem to have meaningless lyrics, and some less so. Give them a shot. Nice electronic-esque guys.

Scorpio Rising - Death In Vegas
It's a toss up between this song and Hands Around My Throat as favorite DiV song. this on

Other Things
The Ballad of Barry Allen - Jim's Big Ego
I love the lyrics to this one, and it's got this great feel to it.
Sweet Jane - Lou Reed
It's live. it's Lou Reed. It's Rock. Take it.
For Nancy ('Cos It Already Is) - Pete Yorn
Yorn's a (relatively) recent guy who I"ve decided I really like. He does nice lyrics with a nice tune, and this song is kind of pretty.
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So I signed the lease on an apartment on Friday. Small studio, but I completely fell in love with it. It's about a 20 minute walk from the RTIP offices, in a building called The Castle Apartments. (Yes, I'm well aware the decor on the inside falls on the side of kitsch, but I don't care. It's sort of cute.) The main point is that it's mine. Yes, it's also probably a little more than I wanted to spend, but in the long run, I think it'll be woth it. The building and neighborhood are quiet, utilities are included (though I need to get internet and cable), I've got a kitchen (gas stove!), a decent amount of storage space, and so on. Hell, it's not like I'm planning on hosting any major parties in the future...

So a word to the flist who lives in Tucson - come early June, you may be asked to give me a hand moving things from my dad's place to my new one. I"m getting a couch, chair, table, tv, etc... The couch and the table are the main things I'll need help with. It's a 6 ft couch and the table's large and heavy. I'll need a hand or two... *grins*

I also need to book my flights to and from Providence. Only going back east for a few days (three or four, leaning more towards three). I intend on getting down to New York and the Met while I'm there. The Armoured Horse show I've been dying to see stays up until January 2007, and there's also one of Tibetan Armour right now. Between those, the permanent armour, Islamic, and Eastern collections, and the Cloisters (which I've never been to), I can make a good excuse. Hell, it's the frakking Metropolitan Museum of Art. The excuse I've not been there in a long time alone is enough to warrant a trip.

Now I need to look up bus fare down there, as the MU will be working and Pippa will be in school (not that she could drive). RI flisters - possibly feel up to a weekday trip to NYC for the Met in mid-May?

I also gave my two weeks notice at work. I'm sorry, but the amount of money I've been making there isn't worth it. Besides, I won't have work study this summer. Don't get me wrong, I love the job (even if I do complain), but I just don't think I can manage it. I'll miss seeing Pickle though. Need to make sure I stop by and see her.

Friday also meant I got to see Dr. Who. *SQUEEE!* I wish I had SciFi in my room, but nooo. It's pretty andd shiny, and YAY!

Anyway - Saturday I saw the Santa Anita Derby. Went off just before I headed to work. Hrrmm... wish I saw the Wood as well. Brother Derek looked nice, no doubt about it. Jon appears to be backing Point Determined as a longshot in a few weeks. Dad said the Wood was a better race - I'll need to watch the replay when I get a chance. My schedule has meant I've not been able to watch any of the preps (bad Willa!) and so have just been absorbing the relevent information in the Office as I go along. And much thanks to Jon (who I know won't read this) for keeping me informed.

Sunday was WOWTBG at [livejournal.com profile] nicodeamos's place. Such a fun game. Sadly, the Horde ([livejournal.com profile] nicodeamos, [livejournal.com profile] taranos, and [livejournal.com profile] hamner) beat the Alliance [livejournal.com profile] matterntm, [livejournal.com profile] domnall, and myself), but it was pretty close. I'm fond of the Night Elf warrior I played both times, but I think next game I may like to change... Of course, being a magic user would mean no mail, and I do love my mail...

On a final note - The Fray isn't half-bad. I'll admit that I fell in love with the single and then downloaded the CD off of Demonoid. Their lyrics aren't as complex as I tend to favor, but still aren't as insipid or simple as most pop stuff out there. I will admit that, as of late, when I pick up new things that could be considered of the "popular" they tend to veer more toward the stuff that comes across the pond. Seems to be of a better quality, even if these guys won't stick around beyond a single album or possibly two. But then again, how many pop bands do...?

I've also downloaded Adium. Works the same as Trillium or any other program that allows you to have multiple messenger systems (AIM, MSN, Yahoo, etc) open at the same time. So now I'll actually be on MSN sometimes! ([livejournal.com profile] lightpoint, this means my on MSN time will reflect my online time... You'll actually be able to talk to me real time. I expect you to be around sometime... *grins*)

And on a final note - my braces come off a week from tomorrow! I thought it was tomorrow, but that's what I get for not looking at my calender. *sheepish grin*
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I'm going to Death Cab for Cutie and Franz Ferdinand next month!!! *bounces*

I'm going with Andrea (who was great and picked up the tickets), and it will be fun. Lovely little emo DCfC makes Willa happy.

Also - I'm off to Estrella tomorrow, so I won't be around until sometime Sunday. Lif is good.
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There’s an article on the BBC today about how two words were blanked out of the Rolling Stones half-time show on Sunday. The first was in Start Me Up: “You can make a dead man cum” and another when Rough Justice hit “Now I’m just one of your cocks.”

“TV censors deemed two lyrics too sexually explicit to be broadcast and they were cut from the three-song show.”

Sexually explicit? I could understand that if they did something like Starfucker, but they’re moaning over the words “cum” and “cocks”? Yes, I understand the logic is probably along the lines of the half-time show and American Football are “wholesome family entertainment” and we wouldn’t want the little ones to be scarred by (mild) sexual references.

But if you look at the lyrics of so many “pop” songs today, they’re far more explicit. Yes, I’m making a broad generalization here, but look at rap. Songs to have made it to the top 40 list in recent years include 50 Cents’ Candy Shop. This is the first one that springs to mind simply because if you look at the lyrics and watch the video, dear god is it more blatantly explicit. And yet, it was on the radio constantly. Granted, they didn’t ask the 50 Cent to play the half-time show at the Superbowl, but I’m sure this song is much more familiar to the younger members of my generation then say The Stones’ Sister Morphine. Even then though, Sister Morphine doesn't’ bug me, with the blatant drug references. Under the cut are excepts from the lyrics of both songs.

Candy Shop
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Sister Morphine
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I’m disgusted in a way that I’m not after hearing “You can make a dead man cum.” Seriously, I want to take a shower. And I wouldn’t consider myself a prude when it comes to musical lyrics. Shall we talk about Leonard Cohen’s Chelsea Hotel No. 2? “I remember you well in the chelsea hotel,/You were talking so brave and so sweet,/Giving me head on the unmade bed,/While the limousines wait in the street.” But Cohen’s lyrics, in my opinion, give his women a humanity that rap seems to lack. I can’t help but think that he really loves women - and not just in a sexual way. He’s a wonderful lyricist (even if you consider his music, as someone once called it “music to commit suicide to”), and even something like the opening line of Chelsea Hotel No. 2 doesn't seem to be dirty, but instead is something beautiful. If you’ve never heard the song, I’ve got a yousendit link at the bottom. Download it.

To get back to the Stones, they weren’t half-bad. Granted, the sound was sort of crummy (and dad said they’re a great live band, he’s seen them a few times), and the set was short (it was a football half-time show), but I liked them. Certainly better then the debacle of two years ago - Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake. I didn’t see what I heard was a snorer last year, Paul McCartney. I don’t think I saw U2 when they played a few years back.

To be honest, I’d rather the younglings heard The Stones’ lyrics then 50 Cent’s. At the least, there’s a tune behind them and Mick, while not the best singer, is still pretty damned good. (And certainly knows how to work a crowd.) They’re, among other things, classic rock and roll. I'm not saying that they're the pinnacle of family-friendly lyrics, but The Rolling Stones have still done a good number of very good/great songs - Satisfaction, Wild Horses, Tumbling Dice, Dead Flowers, Jumping Jack Flash, and more.

Not to mention, The Stones have been on the circuit continually for about 40 years. In 10, I’d be surprised if anyone remembered/knew who 50 Cent was.

Chelsea Hotel No. 2 - Leonard Cohen
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I love the big-band sounding bits, and the lyrics are very nice. It's not a typical "get up and dance" song, but I'm rapidly falling more and more in love with it. Thought it was nice to begin with, and even more so now. Cullum is listed under "Jazz" and, while he fits the genre, seems to also be a bit more. His voice is pleasant and smooth (mom says he sounds like Harry Connick Jr). Makes a nice change from what I've lately been listening to, which includes Hot Hot Heat, Five for Fighting, Dylan, and lots of Matchbox 20 and Barenaked Ladies. Definitely a bit more relaxing of a song than something like IIO's Smooth (Airbase Radio).

Really though, give him a try.

Get Your Way - Jamie Cullum

Lyrics right here. )
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The following are the ten songs I’m listening to most right now. All have a link to the mp3, should you want a copy (and I suggest you take it while you can) and a link to the lyrics (as sometimess they’re a bit muddled and hard to understand). A fair amount of them have a mournful edge to them, simply because it’s what I’m listening to right now.


Coyote - Joni Mitchell Off The Last Waltz, and done with The Band. Just plain gorgeous. lyrics. download!

Save the Day - Train My sort of theme song. I have no clue why, it just is. Even if you’re not a Train fan, still give it a shot. lyrics. download!

Born Slippy (Nuxx) - Underworld Off the Trainspotting soundtrack, this is a very good song overall, and what introduced me to Underwold. Like so much on the soundtrack, it’s got a sadness to it all. lyrics. download!

I Want You - Bob Dylan Dylan just after he went electric, off his Blonde on Blonde album. May be my favorite Dylan song of all time, and if not, at elast in my top five. lyrics. download!

Feel Good Inc - Gorillaz It’s one of those insidious little songs. Gorillaz has a hip-hop flavor to them, generally a genre I dislike, but it works here. Not to mention Damon Albarn is great. lyrics. download!

Wish (Komm Zu Mir) - Franka Potente & Thomas D Off Run Lola Run. It’s a cool little song, and I like how, while she’s so calm, he gets more frantic as it progresses. lyrics. download!

Extreme Ways - Moby Frantic and desperate. Sort of. It’s got a great sound. lyrics. download!

Rock And A Hard Place - Supreme Beings of Leisure Sure, SBoL at times sounds like, well, glorified lounge music. But they’re good with mixing beats and lyrics. Infectious little group, and this is a favorite. Slower then others, but still fun. lyrics. download!

Until The End Of The World - U2 I’ve always liked their slower songs and this has been one of my favorites. It’s sort of sad, but not regretful or anything, which I like. Interesting tone, nonetheless. lyrics. download!

My Life Is Good - Randy Newman I’ve recently rediscovered Randy. And do I love him... Fun, if nothing else. Ever so Randy if nothing else. lyrics. download!
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I've been re-bonding with my copy of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street recently. I'd forgotten how much I love that musical.

Story aside, it's got some of the most wonderful lyrics and music in it. When I listen, I can imagine the action as it goes on. Parts have this over-the-top, operatic feel to them. I've got the original cast recording (actually, highlights from, but it's only missing a song or two) and there's something about Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou that is just.. guh!

She's just so conniving, and he's so earnest. Listening to her sing The Worst Pies in London is fun, with the music emphasizing her movement as she makes her pies for Todd, and she exudes the perfect amount of pity-requesting.

And he's... well, not deranged, but a character I find myself liking more each time I listen. Not only does Cariou's voice have this great richness, but there's this quiet desperation and anger under it. Granted, part of it's the character and the lyrics, but there's only so much they can lend to a character.

I've mentioned Sweeney Todd to people as being a very good musical before, and when I tell them what it's a bout in response to the inevitable question, they're put off. Clearly, it just means I need to say "listen, and we'll talk after you've heard it."

Because everyone needs some Sondheim in their life, and Todd is as good as any. and into the woods rocks as well)
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The two cds that make up the soundtrack to the movie Trainspotting may be one of the best out there. Mile End is off the first cd, and it's got this great upbeat sound, but when you listen to the lyrics, there's it's obvious that there's something more to it all.

lyrics )

Enjoy! Mile End - Pulp
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So I bought The Last Waltz soundtrack. The Last Waltz was The Band's final concert, held at Winterland in San Francisco on Thanksgiving night (they also served dinner). The documentary is directed by Martin Scorsese.

This is one of those concerts I wish I had been alive to see (another is Dylan live at Royal Albert Hall in 1966, where they were his backup). The Band, in and of themselves, are wonderful. But what makes this concert so much better is who also plays-from Dr. John to Joni Mitchell. Eric Clapton and Robbie Robertson play off each other in Further On Up The Road (Clapton is having a grand time, watching him play is a pleasure, he's phenominal and Robertson is dripping sweat, which may or may not have something to do with how long he'd been playing before the song). Emmylou Harris does a gorgeous cover of Evangeline, which is shown in this misty setting which fits the song well. Dr John does Such A Night, which is fun, if nothing else. There's some Dylan (woot!), Van Morrison singing Caravan, and my personal favorite Joni Mitchell's Coyote. It's one of those songs you can play for hours and never get tired of. It's gorgeous. Her voice, the song, everyone else, her voice...

The Band themselves do some great stuff on their own-the Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (on the off chance anyone's got the Joan Baez version, I'd like a copy, supposedly she mutilated it), Stagefright, a great cover of Don't Do It (which sadly doesn't seem to be on the CD), and some other good stuff (though those are my favorites).

This is one of those movies everyone should see, if for nothing other then the performances. Especially Joni Mitchell.
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Birthday Song by Spookie Daly Pride

They're a (somewhat) local band out of Boston, MA that's pretty cool. They're a mix of so many styles of music-from Bootsie Collins to Dr. John. Some people dislike the mix of so many people and styles (say it doesn't give them a distinctive voice), but I rather like it. Makes them fun to listen to.

And the lyrics are amusing. Not as good as some other people's, but still amusing.


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